Remembering Michael Delaney

Michael Delaney

Triathlon Ireland is saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Delaney.

After a long and storied career as Para-Olympian in high jump and cycling, Michael became Ireland's first ever Para-Triathlete. He raced for his country on numerous occasions including at the ITU Grand Final in London 2013.

Warmth, Achievement

Michael will be remembered fondly for his warmth, his exemplary attitude and his dedication to sport.

Matt Coughlan, who piloted Michael through many of his triathlons, including at the WTS Grand Final in London 2013, said he was incredibly saddened by the news. 

"I had the pleasure of racing with Mick in a number of races - including in Athlone and as part of the para race at the WTS in London in 2013. To say it was an eye opener is an understatement."

"The humble bravery Mick and all para athletes in his position display in competing is immense. Mick had already achieved great things in athletics and cycling but was no less competitive taking on a new sport including learning how to swim. We had more than a few hairy moments around tight corners on the wet tarmac in Hyde Park trying to stay upright - in no small part due to his immense power as a cyclist."

Mr Coughlan continued, "He was a fabulous athlete. I’m incredibly saddened to hear of his passing. Sincere condolences to his wife Fionnula, his daughters Laoise, Riona and all his family."

Michael will be dearly missed by the triathlon community, especially his colleagues in the paratriathlon scene.

Triathlon Ireland expresses our condolences to Michael's wife Fionnuala and the Delaney family.

May he rest in peace.